ANPR records 200 journeys per motorist

The Governments network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras has recorded an average of 200 journeys per motorist

The network of cameras was initially developed to monitor congestion charging and traffic monitoring but soon developed into an anti-terrorism and policing tool to catch stolen vehicles, drivers with no insurance or road tax as well as to combat terrorism. The network records around 14 million number plates on a daily basis and the database currently holds around 7.5 billion entries.

The information can also be disclosed to other EU countries as well as the US. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is currently in talks with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to set limits on the amount of time the information can be held.

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